Merry Christmas Everyone!

I have made it a tradition to simply post a Christmas message to all of you guys each Christmas. It’s fun to put of the gift guides and stocking stuffer guides (If you didn’t get what you wanted in your stocking it was probably because you didn’t send my stocking Stuffer list to you friends and family… just sayin). And it’s extra fun to bake cookies with our family and just enjoy time together. But I want to make sure we don’t loose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.

I shared with my church back at the beginning of December about the “Spirit of Christmas.” If you know me… you have probably heard of my distaste for Hallmark Movies, and especially Christmas Hallmark Movies. They are basically all the same movie with different actors and different settings. But they all go he same way. Guy and girl fall in love, they break up (probably with another guy/girl involved) but then the “Christmas Spirit” brings them back together.

It’s fun to poke fun at Christmas movies, but the important thing is that we don’t loose sight of the true Christmas Spirit. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Simple. Jesus was rich. He became poor for us. So we could be rich.

1. He was rich

Jesus is God. He existed before creation with God the Father. I know the trinity is a hard subject to understand and explain, but right now all we need to know is that Jesus is God and He had all the glory, power, and riches that came with being God the creator of the universe. (John 17:5)

2. He became poor

That’s what we celebrate a Christmastime. Baby Jesus in a manger. He, the creator of the universe “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He gave up all the glory to become a helpless baby. He allowed himself to be constrained, wrapped in swaddling clothes. And ultimately, He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross… why?

3. So we could become rich

All of this was not to show us how to live or to be a moral example. It was to redeem us. To buy us back. Because of the sin we committed, we were salves to sin. Only the death of a perfect human could pay the price to buy us back. Now it is up to us to believe that and accept the gift of salvation. The most amazing Christmas gift available.

I love how the Christmas Hymn puts it:

Good Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say
News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye hear of endless bliss
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this
He hath ope’d heaven’s door
And man is blessed evermore
Christ was born for this
Christ was born for this

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain His everlasting hall
Christ was born to save
Christ was born to save

So the offer is there. “He hath opened heaven’s door” and he “calls you one and calls you all to gain His everlasting hall.”

That’s the Spirit of Christmas. If you haven’t accepted Him as your Savior. Do that now. I’d love to hear about it, or answer any questions you have. You can hit me up on Twitter, or use the contact form below.

With that I simply want to say Merry Christmas everyone! I pray you know and understand the true Christmas Spirit!